Category: WEAAD Blog

  • Dispatching Support to Older Adults

    This past February, when the 20-year veteran cab driver Rick Spencer received the dispatch to pick up his next fare, he knew something was amiss. An hour earlier, while Mr. Spencer was waiting at a Quincy, Massachusetts cab stand for his next customer, a fellow taxi driver told him about his curious last ride. An older passenger, who had never used the car service before, told the driver that she needed to buy a housewarming gift for her grandson, and directed him to a remote Home Depot, though there was a closer store in her area. She purchased two gift cards, each worth $2000, and returned home. Shortly thereafter, a

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  • Safeguarding Guardianship for Older Adults

    The United States population of adults aged 65+ is expected to double by 2030.  The growing segment of the population are people aged 85+, often those most likely to need increased assistance as they experience physical and/or cognitive changes. Adults may designate (or be designated) a guardian to make financial or health care decisions, or both, typically appointing a family member.  Most guardians endeavor to ensure the best quality of life for those they serve by making responsible decisions about the person’s health, safety, and finances. Powers given to guardians can be immense (e.g., ability to sell a person’s home and personal property, enter into contracts, clear all medical treatments).

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  • Southern California Kaiser Permanente Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Program

    How do we tackle a problem that is not just local to our organization but one resultant from deep societal and health care system failures? As we looked at this problem on a grander scale, it became apparent that to address elder abuse effectively, our organization would need to answer an equally grander question—how do we take care of our vulnerable elderly?

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  • The Reframing Initiative in the Context of Social Work

    In early 2017, shortly after I began collaborating with NCEA and the FrameWorks Institute on the Reframing Elder Abuse initiative, I was asked whether I had experience with framing. Since that time, I’ve realized how congruent the initiative is with the social work profession I represent on the Reframing Elder Abuse Committee and the NCEA Advisory Board. Effective communication is the goal of the reframing initiative: How can advocates communicate about elder abuse in a way that builds public support for effective solutions? Similarly, communication is at the heart of social work. On a micro level, social workers facilitate and enhance communication not only among individual clients, families, and groups,

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  • Shining Light on the Needs of Family, Friends, and Neighbors Assisting Elder Abuse Victims

    44 million adult Americans have provided assistance to an elder abuse victim. These family, friends and neighbors—also known as “concerned persons”—are often the first to know about the elder abuse, hearing it through their walls, witnessing the decline in the victim’s health, or noticing distress. They provide emotional and practical support to the victims, for example, by offering encouragement and advice, discussing options, identifying resources, reporting abuse, and even gathering evidence. These people are frequently the only ones preventing the victims from becoming totally isolated.

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  • Making a Difference: Elder Abuse Networks

    Sometimes called coalitions, councils, or task forces, elder abuse networks bring together change agents, like policy makers and agency leaders, for collective action. Focusing on a system, community, or state, they identify, assess, and attempt to remedy problems in elder abuse detection, prevention, and intervention.

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  • Reflecting on WEAAD 2017

    Elizabeth Podnieks should be very proud. The creator of World Elder Abuse Awareness (WEAAD) along with her colleagues, had an idea many years ago to bring the world’s attention to the issue of elder abuse.

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  • “Improving Resources and Enhancing Lives” Door County, Wisconsin

    We live in an area of the country that has some unique barriers in combatting abuse. The following is from our Aging and Disability Resource Center’s aging plan written by an advisory board member by the name of Tom Kreuck.

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  • Engaging Social Workers to Prevent and Address Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

    As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) approaches, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is planning a variety of activities to engage social workers in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

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  • Innovations in Maryland Creating Community Awareness

    As the Administrator of Assessment of Adult Protective Services and Care Management Services for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Aging & Disability Services, my department is a seamless, combination of Social Services, Area Agency on Aging, Behavioral Health and Public Health. We are committed to educate, investigate and eradicate elder/vulnerable adult abuse in all its forms.

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.